Unlike many of the film-to-video-game adaptations "Star Trek - The Video Game" is not exactly the video game version of the 2009 smash hit Star Trek film. While all members of the crew are returning they embark on a different mission. They try to uncover the mysteries behind a so-called Helios device - Vulcans and the Gorn (lizard-like creatures) are both involved. This is one of the reasons I like the game much as it offers a completely new storyline with the returning cast.
All actors have been motion captured and not only does the game provide the same looks but the same people did the voice acting for their characters. The funny dialogues are also returning whether it'd be the laughable accent of Chekov or Mr Scott's techno mumbo-jumbo or just the usual, ceaseless arguments Kirk has with Spock.
I'm sure the game is fun with a coop partner, too, but I completed it in solo only. I picked Kirk and the A.I. accompanied me in the shoes of Spock without fault. Assistance between the players consists of hacking doors or computers together and of course using different weapons in battles can be of great help.
Gameplay is not all about shooting: stealth sequences appear regularly and usually extra XP can be obtained by completing a section this way. These secondary objectives are called commendations and not only them but the many researchable items, audio logs scattered across the environment yield XP that can be used to upgrade weapons and our protagonists' tricorder.
The tricorder can be a great weapon in good hands. Its upgrades allow you to generate noise thereby confusing enemies as to where exactly you are located. You can also jam enemy weapons - this is pretty useful when fighting brutes. Hacking turrets from a distance is also possible with it and once a robot joined your side the outcome of a battle is guaranteed. Also, the tricorder is a must if you want to look for collectibles - only with this device can you spot and activate them. Some of the audio logs are hilarious - my favourite is the one where Bones complains about the life on Star Trek which is full of danger as Kirk always rushes headlong into the next journey.
While graphics are generic they serve their purpose. Our heroes are recognisable and the accompanying sound effects and orchestrated music are exactly the things a Trek fan can expect from such a game. The game can be completed in a mere 10 hours - this is not exactly long but for the missing collectibles, achievements and additional difficulty settings you can always do a 2nd or 3rd playthrough.
While reviews of this game are mixed on Steam I do believe the title is worth the purchase. If 15 euros is too much then wait for a discount so that picking this one up will not be a question.